The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2015 is set to land on the 14th of August and will run right through to the 27th. Flying under the banner of 'Equality', this year's theme for the festival, it'll be explored in a number of features and documentaries, including 'Umrika' winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. There'll be a focus on inequality of gender, race, disability and sexuality and how both Australia and India manage it on the screen and in society in general.
Opening night sees the screening of Australian premiere 'Umrika' (aka America), starring Suraj Sharma from Life of Pi as Rama with Tony Revolori from Grand Budapest Hotel as his best friend Lalu. Festival guests will be in attendance at the special opening ceremony of this film about a brother who goes in search of his his older brother when his letters stop arriving from America to his remote mountain village.
The Western Union (WU) Short Film Competition is underway and you can catch these films during IFFM. This event provides a playing field for aspiring filmmakers from India and Australia and this years entrants will explore the theme of 'Equality' in any way they choose. The winning films will be seen by Indian filmmaking royalty along with Melbourne audiences.